As Halloween approaches, it is a good idea to talk to your little ghosts,
princesses, and super heroes about pedestrian safety. While the holiday
is one of the most fun for children, it can also be dangerous. According
to the latest statistics, twice as many young pedestrians are killed on
Halloween compared to other days of the year.
Walking Safety Tips for Children
Adult supervision is one of the best ways to avoid a pedestrian accident.
For children who are old enough to trick-or-treat on their own, it is
important to reiterate the importance of being alert and cautious, particularly
in busy areas. With this in mind, we would like to share the following
tips from Safe Kids Worldwide:
- Cross the street at corners, using traffic signals and crosswalks.
- Look left, right and left again when crossing and keep looking as you cross.
- Put electronic devices down and keep heads up and walk, don’t run,
across the street.
- Make eye contact with drivers before crossing in front of them.
- Always walk on sidewalks or paths. If there are no sidewalks, walk facing
traffic as far to the left as possible.
- Watch for cars that are turning or backing up. Never dart out into the
street or cross between parked cars.
Driving Safety Tips for Adults
Drivers must also do their part to help children stay safe. Since Halloween
falls on a Saturday this year, the sidewalks and roadways should be particularly
busy. Popular trick-or-treating hours in many San Diego communities are
from 5:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m., so drivers should expect to see a lot of
children and exercise caution. Here are a few other tips:
- Slow down and be especially alert in residential neighborhoods. Take extra
time to look for kids at intersections, on medians and on curbs.
- Enter and exit driveways and alleys slowly and carefully.
- Eliminate any distractions inside your car so you can concentrate on the
road and your surroundings.
- Drive slowly, anticipate heavy pedestrian traffic and turn your headlights
on earlier in the day to spot children from greater distances.